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4096. William BENTLEY was born on Aug 29, 1640 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England. He died on Jul 9, 1720 in Kingston, Washington, RI. came over on the ship Arabella from Gravesend, England in 1671 which landed in Narragansett, RI .

As early as 1679 we know that there was a William Bentley who resided in
Kings Town, Rhode Island, for history shows that he with 41 others of
Narragansett, sent a petition to the King praying that "he would put an end
to these differences about the government thereof, which hath been so fatal
to the prosperity of the place; animosities still arising in the people's
minds, as they stand affected to this or that government."

William Bentley was a currier by trade, and his name appears upon the town
record in various transactions. In 1687, Sept. 6, he was taxed 48. 6 1/2d.
In 1705 he had liberty granted by the town to set up a house, convenient for
carrying on of his currying trade. In 1712, Jan. 20, he deeded to his son
James 128 acres. In 1715, Nov. 1, he deeded to his son Thomas 11 acres
recently bought of widow Weathers and her son. In 1720 he died and his wife
Sarah and son Benjamin were appointed executors under his will. There were
bequests to his eldest son William, and also to sons James, and Thomas, and
Benjamin, and to his daughter Jane Whitmore.

So far as known all the Bentleys in America, who date back their ancestry to
a period prior to the Revolutionary War, are descendents of William Bentley,
Sr., of Rhode Island. Possibly he may have had brothers, but we have no
certain record of them. However there are some traditions that are worthy of
consideration, in which it is claimed that there were two or three brothers.

John D. Bentley, of Corry, Pa., writes: "My father and a son now living in
Boston, both of whom were at some expense and travel in tracing the name
back, claimed that there were three Bentleys, who came from England, one
settling in Rhode Island, one in Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York, and
one was an officer in command of an English regiment, which was quartered in
eastern New York and who returned to England.


Will of William BENTLEY of Rhode Island

28 Record, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, RI, Miscellaneous
Manuscript B477w. Handwritten, faded ink, uneven fragmentation to 5/8 inch
from former right edge of single sheet, writing of the last digit oe two of
some of the years is either on missing fragments or hidden by loose or
folded fragmenting particles along what is now an uneven right edge breaking
up in small particles, and writing extends from the top edge of the sheet to
the left and right edges of the sheet to 3/4 inch from the bottom of the
sheet of paper on which the writing appears. The first ten lines are
seperated from the last ten lines by two parallel horizontal-solid-lines 1/8
inch apart drawn with straight edge fron left edge to right edge. To this
searcher the writing appears to be as follows from a xerox copy (July 10,
1978).


1 William Bentley b: 1573 in Elstow,Bedfordshire,England. d: 1628 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire Co., England Age at death: 55 est. Age at first Marriage: 28 est. Number of children: 8 Sex: Male
. +Mary Goodwin m: May 08, 1601 in St. Paul's Ch, Bedfordshire Co., England Age at first Marriage: ? Number of children: 8 Sex: Female
. 2 Jane Bentley b: Abt. 1602 Sex: Female
. 2 Emma Bentley b: Abt. 1603 Sex: Female
. 2 Mary Bentley b: November 13, 1603 Sex: Female
. 2 Thomas Bentley b: Abt. 1604 Sex: Male
. 2 Margaret Bentley b: 1604 Sex: Female
. 2 Elizabeth Bentley b: October 23, 1605 Sex: Female
. 2 John Bentley b: November 05, 1608 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire Co., England d: March 26, 1666 Age at death: 57 Age at first Marriage: 21 Number of children: 8 Sex: Male
.... +Mary Bates m: October 26, 1630 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire Co., England Age at first Marriage: ? Number of children: 8 Sex: Female
.... 3 James Bentley b: Abt. 1631 Sex: Male
.... 3 John Bentley b: Abt. 1633 Sex: Male
.... 3 Thomas Bentley b: Abt. 1635 Sex: Male
.... 3 Elizabeth Bentley b: Abt. 1637 Sex: Female
.... 3 Robert Bentley b: Abt. 1639 Sex: Male
.... 3 William Bentley b: August 29, 1640 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire Co., England d: July 09, 1720 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island Age at death: 79 Age at first Marriage: 29 est. Number of children: 6 Sex: Male
....... +Sarah Leithfield b: 1653 in Washington, Rhode Island d: in Washington, Rode Island m: Abt. 1670 Age at first Marriage: 17 est. Number of children: 6 Sex: Female
....... 4 William Bentley b: 1675 Sex: Male
....... 4 James Bentley b: 1677 Sex: Male
....... 4 [1] Thomas Bentley b: 1679-1684 in Kingston, Rhode Island d: 1778 in Extor, Rhode Island Age at death: 99 est. Number of children: 3 Sex: Male
.......... +Mary Renolds Sex: Female
....... *2nd Wife of [1] Thomas Bentley:
.......... +Elizabeth Chamberlin d: 1718 in Rhode Island Age at death: ? m: January 06, 1705/06 in Kingston, Rhode Island Number of children: 3 Sex: Female
.......... 5 Benjamin Bentley Sex: Male
.......... 5 Thomas Bentley Sex: Male
.......... 5 William Bentley b: 1710 in North Kingston,Washington, Rhode Island d: September 25, 1800 in Beekman Town, Dutchess, New York Age at death: 90 est. Age at first Marriage: 22 est. Number of children: 7 Sex: Male
............. +Elizabeth Tillinghast b: February 11, 1716/17 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island d: March 08, 1770 in Beekman Town, Dutchess, New York Age at death: 53 m: March 01, 1731/32 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Age at first Marriage: 15 Number of children: 7 Sex: Female
............. 6 Colonel Tabor Bentley Sex: Male
............. 6 Pardon Bentley Sex: Male
............. 6 Elizabeth Bentley Sex: Female
............. 6 Joseph Bentley Sex: Male
............. 6 Gideon Bentley Sex: Male
............. 6 William Bentley Sex: Male
................ +Jane McDowell Sex: Female
............. 6 Tillinghast Bentley b: June 02, 1735 in Extor, Rhode Island d: August 03, 1820 in Saratoga Co., New York Age at death: 85 Age at first Marriage: 19 Number of children: 10 Sex: Male
................ +Sarah Thomas b: 1735 in South Kingston, Rhode Island d: April 23, 1824 in Milton, Saratoga Co., New York Age at death: 89 est. m: May 29, 1755 in Extor, Rhode Island Age at first Marriage: 20 est. Number of children: 10 Sex: Female

From: Descendants of William Bentley http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/b/e/n/Violet-H-Bentley/ODT1-0001. html William BENTLEY and Sarah LEITHFIELD were married in 1670.

4097. Sarah LEITHFIELD was born in 1653 in Washington, RI. Children were:

i.

Benjamin BENTLEY was born on Mar 27, 1670 in Exeter, , Ri. He died in 1774. He has Ancestral File Number 18R1-QC5.

ii.

William BENTLEY was born in 1675 in Of Richmond, Washington, Narragansett, Ri. He was born in 1677 in Of, , Ri. He died on Jul 1, 1760 in Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island. He died in 1760. He has Ancestral File Number GBFC-D3. He has Ancestral File Number 1Z3Q-Z6L.

iii.

James BENTLEY was born in 1677 in Of Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. He died in 1768.

2048

iv.

Thomas BENTLEY.

v.

Robert BENTLEY was born in 1685 in Of Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. He died in 1738. He has Ancestral File Number GBFD-D7.

vi.

Benjamin BENTLEY was born on Mar 27, 1690 in Of Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. He died in 1744. He has Ancestral File Number 8PV9-7T.

vii.

Jane BENTLEY was born on Apr 16, 1676 in Of, Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. She died in 1750 in Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island. She was buried in 1750 in Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island. She has Ancestral File Number FKXV-JT.

viii.

Mary (Austen) BENTLEY was born about 1675 in Of, , , Ri. She has Ancestral File Number 1Z3Q-Z5D.